EMQ’s with CASKET ROBBERY

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EMQ’s with CASKET ROBBERY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview Madison, WI. Death Metal band Casket Robbery! Huge thanks to guitarist Cory Scheider for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hey, I’m Cory. I play guitar in Casket Robbery. We started this thing as a recording project around 2012 and it just grew from there on its own. Kind of an unplanned thing at the time but it kept showing potential. So we kept grinding away at it and it’s been a fun and crazy ride since!

How did you come up with your band name?

In the early days we had a couple names kicking around. Casket Robbery was mentioned and it was like, “that HAS to be the name”, luckily it wasn’t taken by any bands.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We are from the United States, in the Midwest region. It is really awesome out here. There are so many killer bands around that are very actively touring or playing killer shows. We love what’s happening here and being a part of it.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?

We have an upcoming music video/single coming out in July that we are so stoked for! We’ve had it done for a while and now we’ve got everything set to release it. It’s a song we ran a contest for with our fans. Everyone was able to send in their best “evil laugh” and we actually ended up including every person and mixing them all together in various parts of the song! It’s super cool to be able to include our fans in this one. It’s really special to us.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Horror movies! Sick, twisted, and gore filled movies. They kind of set the tone for this band.

What first got you into music?

I actually saw an acoustic guitar player in grade school. He was playing a bunch of songs for our class and I thought, hey that would be cool to do.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’d love to with Dave Mustaine or David Ellefson! I’m a huge Megadeth fan and that would be amazing. Actually, just being able to watch them create something would be life changing haha. I’ve been lucky to be able to meet David Ellefson and he’s such a cool guy!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I think I would have to go with Maryland Deathfest, Vegas Death fest and of course Full Terror Assault Fest would be fun to play again. There are so many awesome festivals that I can’t just choose one!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

My favourite was walking around in the dark behind a venue in South Dakota someone walked up with a big cow skull and asked if I wanted it. My biggest regret was getting rid of it because our van had this nasty smell a couple days later and we thought it was the skull haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you! That’s it. I can’t ever thank them enough. We are super close and connected with our fans.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag! I never got to see him live.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy being onstage. I think that’s what fuels me and the whole band. There are small moments I hate here and there but I wouldn’t change anything. Those moments are the ones that define who you are.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I just wish music, to the general public, was a more sought after thing. I always hear older people talk about how they’d go out every weekend to the local bar and check out music or go dancing, etc. It was THE thing to do. It seems it was a big deal, a main source of entertainment. Now, it’s less like that generally speaking.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”. This was a game changer for me in my guitar playing and stuck with me as an influence all these years later. Those riffs!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Streaming! I can have all the music I want at a split second and create playlists instantly. And for bands you can have your music at ANYONE’s fingertips instantly. It’s absolutely amazing!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

There are so many memorable ones… I’ll name a few. Opening for Cannibal Corpse in our hometown, Full Terror Assault Festival, and our hometown spots are always a blast.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d be running a business of some kind. I have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nergal, Randy Blythe, Blasko, Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine.

What’s next for the band?

We have a new single and music video to release in July and a bunch of Midwest shows this summer! Lots coming up! And we’re in deep into writing our second album.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Check us out on Spotify;
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1hk8xvYSntYuamzhIlPoj8
Facebook;
https://www.facebook.com/casketrobbery/
Or you can find everything else you need here;
www.casketrobbery.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what a Jaffa cake is! It looks like a biscuit. But I bet it feels like a cake in the ole yapper.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Just want to say thanks for this interview! Really appreciate it.

 

Casket Robbery

 

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EMQ’s with FIREWALKWITHME

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EMQ’s with FIREWALKWITHME

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, TX Indie Rock band FireWalkWithMe! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Ricardo Mendez for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Ricardo Mendez. My primary instrument and job in my band, FireWalkWithMe is guitars, vocals and writer.

The band started in 2012. Some of the songs on our debut album are songs I’d written as far back as 2012 and some are as recent as December of 2018. There’s been a revolving line-up of musicians in my band which is fine and has never really been an issue since my band has primarily consisted of close friends only and myself. I’m blessed and grateful for having my friends play in my projects. It’s very validating. The people I jam with are totally into my ideas and direction. There’s 100% mutual respect between all the members within my band and the current line-up seems to be as solid as it has ever been and I’m satisfied with everyone’s performance so far. We’ll see what happens.

How did you come up with your band name?

Originally the band was called The History of Future Cities. Then I shortened it to Future Cities. Then I moved back to San Jose, CA briefly in 2014 which turned out to be a living nightmare so I changed the name of the band to FireWalkWithMe to reflect the way I was feeling at the time which was very much like a surreal sci-fi nightmare. My friend Conrad Keely from the band …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead created the font style and created album art for “Eternal Black Rainbow”. Not too soon after it was added it to his art book he released that year. As a result I was sorta stuck with the name FireWalkWithMe and here we are. This is fine with me, I suppose. I’m just waiting for the cease and desist letter from David Lynch since he is known for his fierce and over protective nature regarding his Twin Peaks empire and legacy.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I keep forgetting I hired a metal PR dude!!! I love our guy, he’s awesome. Anyways we aren’t really a metal band but I am metal till I die SO… We are from Austin Texas. Austin is located in the middle of the country towards the bottom of the map. The metal scene here in Austin I would say is decent. Not as awesome as it could be or has been. There was a time when the metal scene here DOMINATED. I believe San Antonio has a better metal scene than Austin does (and some might argue always has). I used to have a metal/rock band here in Austin called High-Watt Crucifixers. THAT was a heavy heavy rock band. Nearly Metal at some points. HWC punished the rock scene in Austin. There weren’t very many bands at that time that could fuck with our musicianship or stage presence. The metal scene back then (2008-2011) I’d say was better then than it is now.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?

Our latest album “The Eternal Black Rainbow” will be released August 20th 2019. Our record release show will be August 29th. A friend of ours named Joe Salinas is currently working on a video for us. Joe Salinas is a well-known and extremely talented film maker and videographer who’s worked with such act as Dinosaur Jr, The Big Boys, Alejandro Escovedo and many others. I’m not sure which song he’s going to use since I sorta left it up to him with the direction and ideas. He’s a pro. I’m sure it will be amazing. No singles at the moment but our radio campaign began July 20th and the choice cuts off the album are ‘Before I Disappear’ ‘A Tired God Looks On’ and ‘Song About Death’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Immediate and obvious influences would have to be Trail of Dead. Everything else is basically all me I suppose. I listen to a lot of rap music. Electronic down tempo music is within my regular rotation throughout my daily routine as well as a lot of R n’ B. Drum n’ Bass is a particular favourite of mine as well as 90’s House music. The music I listen to doesn’t necessarily reflect or influence the music I create so I’d have to say I don’t really know where it comes from. The universe speaks through me as it does all of us.

What first got you into music?

Black Sabbath! Black Sabbath was literally the first music I remember listening to. I distinctly remember being obsessed with their song Electric Funeral. I’ve been a Sabbath fan nearly my entire life. My mother was then, as she is now, a devote Christian. My dad was then a bass player in a blues band. He turned me onto Sabbath. When I asked my parents how old I was when this all happened they both verified I was 2 years old. So there you have it.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Being in other people’s bands or writing alongside others is not for me. We all need to carve our own path when it comes to creating. I’ve been asked to help others with their albums and music which is fine with me. But if I’m being hired to write with or for a band it’s usually because they want a certain element or mood added to the ensemble of which can only be provided by me. In those situations I’m fine.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

HA!!! I love this question. I would love to play the Glastonbury Open Air Festival. Mainly because there’s always an amazing line-up of bands I’ve always wanted to see.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Someone once drew a picture of me and gave it to me which was very nice.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Please be kind to yourself and others. Stop judging people and assuming everyone is an enemy.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

WOW. So many come to mind! Immediately I thought of Amy Winehouse. Then I thought of Kirk Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. I’d have to go with Jimi Hendrix. I often think of bands Hendrix would be into. I think about Hendrix often actually. He was everything.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

As a musician I enjoy being able to write music that really speaks to me. Writing music is very therapeutic for me. It helps me get through my thoughts. Music has always been my best friend. Music was always there with me in very dark times. What I hate about being a musician is being able to create problems. When one is blessed with being creative inevitably you can create problems for yourself. Whether its music, painting, poetry or whatever the person blessed with the ability to create beauty easily has the power to destroy it. Creative people are often cursed with the ability to destroy themselves. As artists we must remember that.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I don’t know. I hear people complain about the music industry but I’ve never really been involved to that point. And if I ever do I already have a ton of friends who’ve already been through the fire and fucked 6 ways to Sunday. They would be happy to give me advice along the way to avoid any pitfalls.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ride The Lightning” by Metallica. It takes me back to middle school days where I was a complete out of control metal head.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl! I like cassettes as well. CD’s are annoying and downloads are just lazy.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We played a gig at a festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia called The Watlangka Golden Street Festival. It was AWESOME.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I can’t even imagine. Being sad probably!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I don’t really do dinner parties. Only parties!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to work on a 5 song EP this fall which will be released on my Velvet Coffin label. After that I’m working on another project called Wave Trauma with the drummer from my previous rock outfit High Watt Crucifixers. I’m just staying busy and keeping my options open and looking to challenge myself.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

At the moment we have:
www.firewalkwithmeband.com
https://soundcloud.com/firewalkwithmebandatx
And of course you can find us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/firewalkwithmetheband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not sure what those are.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Yes. Please be kind to yourself and others.

 

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EMQ’s with REATZIONE

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EMQ’s with REATZIONE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Sardinian Groove-Core Metal band Reatzione! Huge thanks to vocalist Mex for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi, I’m Mex and I am the lead vocalist of the band.

Reatzione as a band was born in 2012 in Sassari, Sardinia. Our music is based around influences that go from progressive to grind (laugh). The current line-up is the following: Mex – Voice, A-lex – Guitar, Bobbore – Bass & Mauro – Drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the Sardinian translation for the English word ‘Reaction’. There’s no particular reasons for the choice, it’s just sounded right.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are Sardinian (Italy), the scene has gone through a lot of ups and down and currently we are witnessing a timid rise of interest towards the genre, after a period of general lack of interest.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest (first official) release is “Sopravvissuti” a studio album published by Dark Hammer Legion/Volcano Record, on 30th May 2019 anticipated by two singles “Inferru” and the title track “Sopravvissuti”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have fairly wide tastes, Seventies Rock, NWOBHM, Thrash Metal and Death Metal.

What first got you into music?

I wanted to emulate artists I used to listen to when I was a teenager, and to express myself.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I believe it would be Venom I have worn out their albums, otherwise Zakk Wylde because of his versatility.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I have always been fascinated by Wacken and Hellfest, great bands and great audiences.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

It was not a gift, several years ago backstage I have been stopped by a fan while I was with my girlfriend of the time, she (the fan) asked me to take a picture together and at the same time she made me sexual offers, a very critical moment (laugh)

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Widen your own musical listening and have fun with it. Music is a companion for life.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Only one? Too difficult, but if I had to choose one among the others it would be Lemmy, an absolute legend.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love to spend time with the others members of the band, especially during the pre and the after shows, like a lot of my fellows musicians I hate when I have to pack everything up after a gig.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I think there is a little bit too much technology involved in the industry, I believe heavy music is more enjoyable when it is produced and played with more traditional means.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I think “Piece Of Mind” by Iron Maiden, straight for my childhood.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl all the way, its sounds hot, the best result in term of sound.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I’m afraid I’m not able to choose which one is the best so far, as we always say the best will be the next one.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I don’t know, maybe I would be a brewer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil Anselmo, Trevor Peres, Chris Barnes, Glen Benton, Tatiana Shamailyuk and Cristina Scabbia

What’s next for the band?

We hope to be able to record an EP with the new stuff by the end of 2019

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

To get our music to people we use, Facebook Reatzione, Spotify, Youtube, Amazon Music, Bandcamp, and my Instagram Mex Reatzione.
https://www.facebook.com/Reatzione/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2SaYqRGY9GZt5U88WTA1U9
https://reatzione.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s not easy available in Italy, if I have to guess would bet all my money on biscuit (laugh).

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks to you, check out our social media and give us a listen… Cheers and Beers!!
Mex

 

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EMQ’s with CARPATHIA

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EMQ’s with CARPATHIA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Boston, MA. Alternative Progressive Metal band Carpathia! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Samantha: vocalist
Jason: Drums
Bobby: Guitars
Andrew: Bass

Bobby and Jason had known each other for a long time because their dad’s grew up as friends. Periodically they would get together and jam until one day they decided to start a band. Bobby and Andrew were playing in another band together at the time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Andrew was doing some research on Captains of ships names, and stumbled across the name “RMS Carpathia”, the ship that saved the remaining survivors from the titanic ship wreck.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

USA. We live in New England, and there are times when shows are quite lively, and at others not so much. It’s difficult to get people out to local events nowadays, but we try.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

We just released our very first EP called “1912”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

JASON: Matt Halpern, Thomas Pridgen, Matt Greiner

SAMANTHA: Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Lacey Sturm

ANDREW: Avenged Sevenfold, Parkway Drive

BOBBY: As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater

What first got you into music?

SAMANTHA: “Growing up I used to sing a lot of Mariah Carey and pop like material, and my sister Sheila was always encouraging me to develop my skills. It wasn’t until after she tragically passed away that I started getting into the heavier stuff”

JASON: “I had a bunch of cousins who played guitar as a kid, which made me want to become a musician too. I wanted to do something different than them, so I decided I would try drums. My parents bought me a drum set and I instantly fell in love with it.”

BOBBY: “My grandfather bought me my first drum kit at the age of 10 years old, and I grew from there”

ANDREW: “My stepdad was always in bands growing up and a good bit of my childhood was spent at local shows so it’s always been something I wanted to do. Having a stutter also lead me to pursue ways to express myself without speaking so music naturally filled that void for me.”

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

SAMANTHA: Nothing More

BOBBY: The Joy Formidable

JASON: Periphery

ANDREW: Tech N9ne

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

What’s the biggest festival of all time? That one!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

SAMANTHA: Well, one time a fan actually gave me a $50 gift certificate to a lingerie store *eye roll*.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

At every show, we always encourage those who are dealing with any issues, whether they be big or small, to reach out; talk to us, talk to someone, just as long as they are heard and understood. No one should have to be alone in this world.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

SAMANTHA : Chris Cornell

JASON: Kurt Cobain

ANDREW: Cliff Burton

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The best parts of being a musician are playing your songs in front of an audience that enjoys it, writing music, expressing yourself, and being unique from most other people in the world. The worst parts of being a musician are the lack of funds, the expensive equipment, and the emotional toll we take upon ourselves.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

There should be more opportunities for musicians to succeed, whether that be through jobs, or actually touring/signing with labels. Labels should help the band, the band shouldn’t help the label. Also, we wish people would rather like to see a live performance than watch one on their phone.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

SAMANTHA: Gojira – “The Way Of All Flesh”

JASON: Killswitch Engage “As Day Light Dies”

BOBBY: Can’t Decide!

ANDREW: Parkway Drive – “Horizons”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

We like a good CD.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Puddle of Mudd, Main Stage, Worcester Palladium!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

JASON: I’d want to work with Animals in some way.

BOBBY: I’d either be a chef, or a fucking sniper.

SAMANTHA: I always thought it would be cool to work a job where I’d be able to travel the world.

ANDREW: Own my own landscaping company or go back to school to be a lawyer

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Russel Brand, Andrew’s Dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Black, Ozzy Osbourne!

What’s next for the band?

We are literally, as we type, in studio recording our next EP and have discussed touring come October/November.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://www.facebook.com/CarpathiaBandOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/carpathia_official_/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3PMdK4gXIBS4PRHFtHyvxR?si=I3riyW8fQz-AW4of8VOPzw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re Yanks so we’ve never had one before, for some Boston cream pie?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for reaching out, and we hope your followers enjoy our music and get to know us a little better!

 

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EMQ’s with FAR FROM REFUGE

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EMQ’s with FAR FROM REFUGE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cambridge, UK based Metal band Far From Refuge! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Far From Refuge and we play a mix of progressive, technical and melodic metalcore!

Joél: I conceptualised the project many years ago, and after going through a few iterations found a group of talented people with the same drive and ambition, who also turned out to be pretty alright people to boot – which is a bonus!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name comes from a record by a band called “God is an Astronaut”. We felt it invoked a sense of helplessness and vastness. Imagine just existing, alone in the void of space. We love that.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re based in the UK. The country has produced some incredible modern metal bands (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Tesseract – to name a few). There is some insane talent on the underground circuit as well. But our band members hail from all over originally, including Germany, Hungary, & Sri Lanka.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our debut, self-titled, EP, which was released in February this year!

Who have been your greatest influences?

InMe, Periphery, Trivium, Architects, Rosetta, God is an Astronaut and so many more!

What first got you into music?

Joél: I can’t remember not being into music! I have very early memories of jamming to Michael Jackson tunes…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Joél: After hearing the new Marshmello/ A Day To Remember tune, I’d love to do a genre mashup like that! Maybe Infected Mushroom, Deadmau5 or Scooter (!) are free…?

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Rock am Ring!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nothing weird yet, luckily!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Let us know what you want to hear more of!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Joél: Dimebag!
Suran: Chuck Shuldiner

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Joél: I love the creative process. I’m happiest when I’m writing songs and bringing ideas to life. I dislike that there are so many people who try to make money by exploiting aspiring musicians.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Joél: No more singer/songwriters.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Joél: Fenix TX – “Lechuza”
Suran: Wintersun – “Wintersun”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Joél: Streaming or CD.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Every time we have played the Portland Arms in Cambridge it has been insane!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Joél: Playing Video games..!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joél: Let’s get some great songwriters and producers together and make weird music. Lindsey Buckingham, Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Imogen Heap and Timbaland.

What’s next for the band?

Joél: We’re releasing a few standalone singles in 2019, and plan to start recording our first album early next year.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.farfromrefuge.com
www.facebook.com/farfromrefuge
www.youtube.com/farfromrefuge

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Joél: Biscuit. Pro tip, get the cheap Sainsbury’s version, they are literally the same.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having us! Feel free to hit us up any time on our social media platforms, we love talking to fans!

 

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EMQ’s with AUTOPILOT

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EMQ’s with AUTOPILOT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Indie Rock band Autopilot! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Marlon for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Marlon. I play guitar and sing in Autopilot. My drummer Jose and I have been playing together for years. We have a revolving line up on bass and sometimes a second guitar. We have 3 Albums out and 2 EP’s. We are constantly touring and playing with some of the best musicians.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a while ago we came up with the name. If I remember correctly, it was describing the sound of when I play the bow on the guitar and the spacey sound I get from that.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Canada. The music scene in general is really great. There’s a lot of support for independent artists in Saskatchewan including funding programs to write, record and market new music.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest album is called “Afterglow”. We’ve released several videos from this record. Our latest was for our track ‘Undisguised’. We have a few in the works for the songs ‘Modern Age’, the title track ‘Afterglow’, and ‘Domino’. They’ll be released throughout the year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Modest Mouse has been my biggest influence but also Bear Hands’ older stuff and The Killers.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a musician when I was a kid. I saw him write songs. When he released an album, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

This changes every time I’m asked but I think it would be awesome to collaborate with Billy Corgan. I think he has a lot to offer still in the current music scene.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Coachella or maybe Summer Fest! I’m not too sure. There are hundreds of awesome festivals we’d love to play. Coachella just to experience playing would be crazy. Summer Fest seems to be an under-rated festival for its size. They have lots of independent bands alongside massive mainstream artists. We’re still bugging them to book us.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A full thanksgiving dinner! A full turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a lot more! We couldn’t eat it all as we were in a hotel for one night and then on to the next city. We also couldn’t refrigerate it. We were in New Jersey somewhere and it was Canadian Thanksgiving. It was a crazy thing to get this on the road.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Buy music. Get a record player and spin some records. Also support artists by following them on streaming services. Go see live music and support the bands you love. Spread the word when you hear something you like.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Kurt Cobain. I think he would have a lot to say and it might not be what you think in this time.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I really love to write, record, and hear the final product. Touring new music is always really interesting too. Sometimes we’re surprised to see what songs catch different people. There’s not much I hate about it, but I really don’t like being away from my wife sometimes for months at a time and then only home for a few weeks before going back on the road. Also, being an independent artist consumes most of my time. Even when I’m home, we’re working on the next move as a band.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Everything…!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Lonesome Crowed West” by Modest Mouse.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl for sure! We have our album “Afterglow” on all those formats, but vinyl is something that when you take it home you can sit down and spin the record. You have to flip it. It’s not like streaming where the next artist might start playing right after. I also love the way it sounds. For “Afterglow”, we have 5 different colours of records with glow in the dark and artwork that is hand screen printed by Saskatchewan artist, Chris Morin. He even did a limited run of 20 gold printed covers for this tour. We were able to get really creative with it.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

There have been quite a few great gigs. We had some really rad shows at Mesa Music Festival, Jersey Shore Festival, and in Seattle. The shows where people are really into the music and want to hang out are always the best.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would probably own a record store. Listen to music all day and have bands play all the time.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ashlee Hogan
Jesus Christ
Isaac Brock
Bill Murray
Mac DeMarco

What’s next for the band?

We have some videos in the works for some upcoming singles off “Afterglow”, as well as more touring. When we get back from our summer tour, the next album process starts! We are stoked to be releasing more new music next year.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

http://smarturl.it/k0kpmb
https://www.youtube.com/user/autopilotmusic
https://www.facebook.com/autopilotmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/autopilotband/
https://twitter.com/bandautopilot

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google that. I don’t think we get them in Canada. Google tells me biscuits, but what do I know.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Someone send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

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EMQ’s with PICTURE

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EMQ’s with PICTURE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to a new short, sharp and sweet EMQ’s interview with Dutch Rock/Metal legends Picture! Huge thanks to guitarist Jan Bechtum for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the Band?

I am Jan Bechtum and I am the first (and last) guitarist of the Dutch metal band PICTURE.

How did you come up with your band name?

In 1978 Rinus, our bass player, came up with that name based on the title of a favourite album from ELP: “Pictures At An Exhibition”.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

From Holland and the metal scene is not very big anymore unfortunately, but we get to play all over the world so it’s fine.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

The new studio album called “Wings” that will be released on Aug. 16th 2019 by Pure Steel Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally that would be Ritchie Blackmore.

What first got you into music?

Deep Purple’s “Made In Japan”.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

David Coverdale.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken Open Air! The biggest metal meeting anywhere in the world!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I’d rather keep that to myself hahaha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks for sticking with us for more than 40 years!!!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jon Lord.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I like the excitement of playing live. I hate all the waiting in dressing rooms before we finally go on stage.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

More support and honesty! Other people have earned a lot more from our music than ourselves. That’s just wrong.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Made In Japan”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Rotterdam New Pop in 1981 (more than 8000 fans were there)!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Graphic Artist

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife Linda, Alice Cooper, Doro, James Hetfield and Graham Oliver!

What’s next for the band?

A great gig at Bang Your Head festival in Germany (This took place on July 12th) and the CD-release on Aug 16th.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://www.facebook.com/PictureTheOnlyPage/
https://www.instagram.com/picturedeband/
https://www.pictureband.nl/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit?

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

If you are a metal fan: Thanks again for all these years!
If you are a musician: keep rocking and stay true!

 

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EMQ’s with MADHOUSE

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EMQ’s with MADHOUSE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian based Hard Rock band Madhouse! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello everyone, we are MadHouse and we are a female fronted hard rock band from Pavia, Italy.

MadHouse was founded in 2012 as a cover band even though Filippo Anfossi (rhythm guitar) and I have been collaborating musically since 2005.

In 2015 the meeting with Marco Barusso (who has collaborated with several artists including Lacuna Coil, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Coldplay) allowed me to give life to our unreleased original songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

I chose to call the band MadHouse from an episode I experienced when I was 15 years old. My father took me to an exhibition of paintings created by the guests of a psychiatric nursing home. Some of them were painters, others were not. Through these images they told their reality in a strong, simple and extremely communicative way. I have always maintained that the artist is born with, sort of, “coloured glasses” through which he sees everyday life with shades, colours and shapes often different from those seen by others. The one who creates lives a sensitivity, often misunderstood, that needs a vehicle (art) to be able to express itself at its best. Artists are often called crazy… The encounter of different sensibilities and personalities has created our musical reality, our “asylum”, the MadHouse.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We come from Italy and the rock and metal scene is linked more to the underground world or to foreign bands.

In Italy the mentality is more pop.

Italy is old minded, old-fashioned.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

After the release of the EP “You Want More” in 2015 we published, in March 2019, “MadHouse Hotel” our first full-length produced by DysFUNCTION Productions (Fear Factory, Logan Mader, Dan Korneff, Alteria, Logical Terror, Klogr, Trick or Treat).

The title of the new album consists of two words in opposition to each other: “MadHouse” which, in addition to being the name of the band, means “asylum” and represents a place where you are locked up against your will in antithesis to “Hotel” where you usually choose to stay.

The album is a concept composed of 10 tracks where each track represents a hotel room in which each listener, taking the key to his room, chooses to stay to find or search for their size.

The message of the album is enclosed in the key of the “MadHouse Hotel” that gives access to the rooms.

The key symbolically represents the capacity of choice that each of us has to live our lives to the fullest. It is an invitation to look inside oneself, sometimes fighting one’s own fears and insecurities, to better understand what surrounds us and to really undertake the path of life that most represents us and can make us happy.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our background is very heterogeneous.

Certainly what has influenced us the most are the historical rock and hard rock bands (Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden…)

What first got you into music?

The need to communicate and the need to tell our experiences!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Alice Cooper.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Rock in Rio is one of the biggest music festivals in the world in which you can find rock legends and pop icons together.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We receive a lot of gifts from fans and we are very grateful for that. Gadgets, portraits, letters, handmade gifts. The craziest thing that happened was when one of our fans tattooed the “MadHouse” logo on his arm.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

No matter what happens in life. Never give up, never surrender because it is always possible to change things and be reborn. Be true, powerful and positive!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I guess Ronnie James Dio

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being a musician is a wonderful thing. Going on stage is a privilege every time. I can’t find a negative side.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Italian Talent shows. They are useless and give a wrong vision to the new generations of what music really is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Today digital music is very useful because it allows you to get anywhere in the world.

On the other hand, however, it leads to a more “fast food” way of listening to music.

Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s are perhaps less fashionable, less smart but it’s the way our generation has always listened to music.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

It was a beer festival in Northern Italy in front of 2500 people.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I personally have always dreamed of making music my profession and after so many years of commitment I have made it. I have worked for several years as an employee in insurance companies. But at a certain point I decided to pursue my dream.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Jon Bon Jovi and Jani Snellman!

What’s next for the band?

The promotion of the album began immediately in conjunction with the release of the album and so the tour began with the showcase and provides live that will touch both Italian and European cities. We have just returned from dates in Croatia, Hungary and Czech Republic. Now we’ll do other dates in Italy and we’ll go abroad again in the autumn. Then the first video of the new album will also be released soon.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our website and our facebook page.
https://www.madhouseband.it/
https://www.facebook.com/madhouseliverockband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

There are traditional UK biscuit-sized cakes… Jaffa Cakes are definitely cookies.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks to your editorial staff for the support you give to our project and a greeting to all readers! We invite you not only to our live shows but also to listen to our new album “MadHouse Hotel” which is available on all digital stores. Follow us on our website www.madhouseband.it and on social networks as “madhouse rockband”.

 

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based solo female Rock artist Kaima! Huge thanks to Kaima for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hi! My name is Kaima – I am a rock/metal vocalist, and I am a female solo rock artist! As a solo artist I have been around for nearly a year, however I was born from my old band, Wild Card. We were around for about a year before we disbanded, and from the ashes I decided to not give up, but face the problems we struggled with – cohesive music direction, the same beliefs, passion and dedication, and come back as a solo artist. This past year has professionally and personally been the hardest in my life, and I’ve been very open about my mental health issues, and experiences with abuse, and so I took that gap to sit down with my guitarist James, and take control of the narrative, instead of letting things defeat me. I wrote, and sang out all of my pain, and turned it into power. It’s the most empowering thing in the world to work through a scarring/negative situation and make something beautiful/positive out of it instead. I also decided to come back as a solo artist because I didn’t want to have to rely on anyone else to get to where I wanted to be – this last year has been full of realisations, and I think my biggest has been this exactly – I don’t need anyone else but myself.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is half of my surname – I am half Cypriot, and my name is very unusual. I am very proud of my heritage, and my family history, and I wanted to keep a part of it with me always, but ‘Kaimakami’ is quite a mouthful, and friends from school used to call me Kaima, so now it is just my preferred name and stage name! My logo, the eye is a variation on the Mediterranean ‘evil eye’ which is tied in heavily with our culture, with crazy eyelashes because I always have makeup or glitter running down my face!

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from England, and the metal/rock scene is… well it depends where you are! Where I grew up in the West Country, you are hard pressed to find any musicians, let alone any rockers, whereas I live closer to London, where the scene is teeming with metalheads.. finding ones that are dedicated, or aren’t already taken is a bit harder though! But never give up. It took me long enough…

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Liar Liar! My debut single as a solo artist… this song came from a lot of toxic anger toward an individual for infidelity, and lots of other fucked stuff like manipulation and emotional/physical abuse… But instead of letting the toxic anger fester inside me, I used the strength I shared with a close friend of mine who went through this with me, to turn the message into one of solidarity, and made what could have been a potentially quite bitter track, a kick-ass thank-fuck-you-were-the-one-that-got-away anthem! It came out back in February 2019, and I’ve been planning my next single, however I’ve been doing my best to fundraise for this to get into the studio/get it mixed/mastered.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Freddie. Gaga. Lzzy. In that order. They shaped everything I truly love and value about myself. I learned to love singing, appreciate truly special music, and be ok with being a drama queen on stage through Freddie, and Queen… I always knew I was a bit different, but didn’t know why/how, and when I sang their songs I felt ok with it for the first time and pretty fucking fabulous too! I credit Gaga for growing me up and teaching me all the things I should have learned at school/home – to love myself and drop anyone that didn’t by the wayside. She pushed me to push myself, and accept all the parts of me that weren’t ‘normal’ – her popularity just for being her awesome theatrical self when I was a kid was proof that I’d get through all the bullying and horrific experiences, and make it someday, and I could stay true to myself whilst doing it. Halestorm and Lzzy Hale in particular introduced me to slightly heavier music – and it blew my mind. I knew from the moment I heard them that that was what I wanted to do. It was exciting, it was sexy – here was a WOMAN who loved herself, her sex life, and was unapologetic about it.. and my god that VOICE… I was determined to be able to sing like her and it took about a year of training but I got there! All 3 paved the way for other beautiful freaks like them to follow down their paths. Without them, the industry would be a very different place. They didn’t just stand up for their beliefs – they fought like hell for them, and they made you feel like one of their own, whilst also taking you on a beautifully wild ride.

What first got you into music?

(I guess the above statement)

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

All of the above musicians – I would be honoured to collaborate with them, and also a band called The Struts. I really like what they’re doing at the moment – the lead singer Luke has a very Freddie attitude and sound which is incredibly sexy, and I feel like they’re kinda bringing their version of rock the mainstream, which is always awesome. I’ve also just discovered this insane fellow female solo artist – Kim Jennett. She was also in a band, and decided to go solo, is massively inspired by Lzzy, has ridiculous gritty vocals that are so rare in this industry nowadays… sounding familiar?! She’s a massive babe with a massive voice, and there are honestly so few of us rock chicks out there, I feel like I’ve struck gold! Society has a tendency to pit women against each other, but I honestly can’t be arsed with that rubbish – we need to stick together. Pulling someone else down doesn’t raise you higher. I supported Hands Off Gretal (another band I’d love to collab with) last week and I was shitting myself because I love their music, but every time I have played with women there has been nothing but love and support. No one is actually alone – we are all shit scared and thinking we aren’t good enough, so why add more stress and negativity to life – it’s hard enough as it is!! Be a damn cheerleader. So yeah – Kim Jennett, Lauren Tate (H.O.G) and 2 other local artists LUNA and Chinchilla – I adore you, lets team up and show the world how badass we are.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Glastonbury! It’s my biggest dream to play the pyramid stage at sunset. It’s my hometown, it was my first festival, and I just want a golden sea of people dancing and jumping to my songs whilst the sun goes down… I dream about it every night.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I haven’t received anything weird yet! Everything that’s made with love is important to me, but you never know!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Everyone feels like they are, but they’re not. Reach out. Social media is horrific but it can also be incredible at bringing people together. Facebook forums, Instagram pages, Tumblr, Reddit – there is always someone else that feels the same way you do. Emotions are meant to be felt, but if you struggle with them like I do – find a doctor. It’s free. Ring a helpline. Join a website to start walking dogs. Volunteer at animal shelters. Find something you love, and find a way if pouring your pain into it so there is something constructive to show for it. If your friends aren’t helping – find new ones. ‘we accept the love we think we deserve’ – from the Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it’s true. I’ve stayed in horrific relationships (platonic too) and situations because I haven’t respected myself to go ‘HELL NO.’ There are 7 billion people out there – you will find someone. They might not be n your hometown, but we have social media for a reason.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

As I said earlier, I love being able to take a really shitty situation, turn it into a powerful song, which helps me heal, and then in turn it helps someone else heal. I love when people thank me for my honesty, because it is hard to be vulnerable in such a tough industry, but I think this and admitting flaws is something that is swiftly becoming more applauded. I love being a platform to voice support for those that need it, such as MH, women’s rights, and sex worker rights. And the biggest thing… being able to scream into a microphone and call it my job. Getting sweaty and grimy all half naked on stage, singing about beating my demons?! It’s my dream come true! Fetus Kaima – we did it! I hate rumours. People that shit stir. If you’ve got issues, go and talk it out. You are helping no one here! This industry is hard enough as it is – help each other!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Honestly, I would make rock n roll the ‘current’ genre again… a lot of people tell me I won’t get far because it isn’t ‘in’ (but I do it anyway) and I see a lot of amazing musicians get put off or not follow the music they REALLY want to do because it ‘won’t sell’ which sucks, but in this day and age you have to make a killing to be a full time, successful musician. People think they have to go heavier, or rely on tech more. I just think I was born into the wrong era! It’s selfish, but I guess my ultimate wish would be that you could be able to be successful in the genre that you want to pursue. not what society dictates is the new ‘in’ thing. There is so much more rock has to offer, and I hope that movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and the Dirt have brought that kind of music back into a mainstream a bit more, so a wider audience can love and listen to this genre.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Queen – “Night At The Opera”. Or any of Halestorm’s albums because they showed me how to rock and Gaga’s “Fame Monster” because it grew me up!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I love vinyl because I’m a very visual person but realistically, downloads.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably the last 2 shows I’ve played – I headlined the Backroom Bar at the Hard Rock Café in London earlier this year, and there pictures of me as a kid at the Hard Rock café in Florida, and I still have hard rock merch up in my old bedroom. It was just a childhood dream fully realised. They all but rolled out red carpet for me, and I had massive imposter syndrome (and tonsillitis!). I was so humbled and honoured to have been given the opportunity, let alone treated like fucking royalty! So many people turned up, and the room just heaved with people living and breathing the same good rock n roll energy. I am grateful for that experience every day. My most recent show with Hands Off Gretal was a near topper for that though – despite having tonsil issues again, my voice held out for our nearly hour long set. To be able to support HOG made it an incredible night anyway, but playing to a packed crowd, seeing Lauren Tate in the front loving every second, being confident enough to incorporate a fully realised burlesque element into it, and having people stop me to tell me how much my music meant to them, it was just bliss. You can’t make this shit up. And I fully let go of absolutely everything – all of those fears and anxieties – for the whole set. I always snap out and over analyse and worry, but this time I was just totally lost in the moment. I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to do that when I am enjoying myself now – to snapshot that moment in my mind, so I can look back on that, and not the mountains of stress accompanying it.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Helping animals, kids, or being a Disney princess. Or makeup artistry!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe

What’s next for the band?

Getting the funds to go into the studio and release these tracks I’ve been saving up for you all! Then gig, gig, gig. Being on stage is my obsession, feeling the reaction from people who have their own personal connection to the songs I’ve written. I just want more! I’d like to work with some mental health charities, support women’s rights, and sex worker rights. As a provocative performer and a burlesque performer, the sex work industry is looked down upon, but there’s nothing shameful about our bodies! We love them, and we get that other people love them too. Being able to incorporate burlesque into my performance is something I haven’t had the confidence to do until recently but I’m over the moon that I did. We are such a large, loving community, and we don’t have time for hate.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://www.facebook.com/kaimaofficial
https://www.instagram.com/kaimaofficial
and ‘Liar Liar’ is available on all streaming platforms to buy and download!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake?! They’re soft and called cakes…

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

… Uhhhh I’m sorry for rambling! I have a lot to say… but I always do! Thank you for having me… and just keep an open mind, and an open heart! It’s much better to add love in a world full of hate.
KAIMA <3 x

 

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EMQ’s with HELLSCREAM

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EMQ’s with HELLSCREAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal band Hellscream! Huge thanks to vocalist Norman Skinner for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Norman Skinner and I am the vocalist for Hellscream. This band started as a musical collaboration between David Garcia and myself back in 2011-2012. We had known each other from our other bands (Cage & Imagika). We started demoing a few tracks and it was clear that there was some great chemistry. We released our debut album “Made Immortal” in 2013 and had since been asked time and again to record a follow-up album. Our second album “Hate Machine” releases July 26th 2019 through Pure Steel Records.

How did you come up with your band name?

One day Dave sent me a message asking what we were going to call this new beast of a band. I wanted something cool sounding and started putting words together. I checked and there was no band called Hellscream and learned as well it was a term for strange screaming sounds emitting from the ground that some people thought were tortured souls in Hell. I thought to myself “That is Metal!”. Dave loved it and here we are.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Hellscream are from the United States, specifically California. The Metal\Rock scene here is either definitely alive and well but very underground. Lots of local bands from every city some good and many not so much. Sadly, Metal is not a popular music genre in the United States compared to many countries unless it’s bands like Metallica or Slayer. Then people come out to see these bands.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is our full length album titled “Hate Machine” scheduled to drop on 07/26/19 worldwide.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Of course I cannot speak for the other band members but for me I would say Iced Earth, Primal Fear, Killswitch Engage, Evergrey, Halford, Savatage, Mystic Prophecy, Angel Dust, Testament, Kamelot, Symphony X and so many more…

What first got you into music?

I believe it was being a young kid watching videos on MTV. The bands were larger than life and always got the hottest women. HA HA!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Off the top of my head I would have to say perhaps Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) or Thomas Youngblood (Kamelot). I love the brooding yet beautiful sounds\songs they create. It’s a sound I am very into these days but have yet to dive into.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken Open Air! It’s known as the biggest and the best so that would be my choice.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Ha ha!! A “Tuggie”. It’s like a warm sock covering for your penis.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you so very much for all your ongoing support of myself and each and every one of my projects.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Hands down Ronnie James Dio! No explanation needed.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love creating songs with musicians. The lyrical story, the structure, demoing and ultimately recording. Adding the artwork, photos etc. Basically, creating something spectacular from nothing. Performing live is always a huge plus as well as meeting so many fantastic people while traveling. What I hate is the politics of the music business. It’s a hard business if you are trying to make it as a career or even part time.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Better payouts for streams and downloads of artist music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Skid Row – “Slave To The Grind”. Such a heavy & melodic album plus Sebastian Bach sounds like a vocal God on it.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I’m partial to downloads as I listen to all my music electronically but CD’s is a close second because there is something awesome about having the booklet and lyrics etc. I like Vinyl only for the large album art.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

That’s a tough one. I would have to say The Thrash Against Cancer Benefit with my band Imagika for Chuck Billy of Testament. So many great Bay Area thrash bands.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would probably be into graphic design or writing screenplays. Something creative for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Gates (Archeologist), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist), Zack Bagans (Paranormal Investigator), Giorgio A. Tsoukalos (Ancient Alien Theorist), Ben Kissel (Podcast Host)… the discussions going on would be mind-blowing!!

What’s next for the band?

Well, the new album is scheduled for release this month and we will most likely release a lyric video as well. Potentially a few live appearances. We haven’t really discussed plans as I have been busy with Niviane & Imagika and the rest of Hellscream busy with Cage & Three Tremors.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Spotify, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram & Twitter. Find us on all of them!
https://www.facebook.com/hellscream666/
https://twitter.com/HellscreamOffi1
https://www.instagram.com/nlskinner3/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7rd4e4epuVfcf5K3Cagwsw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are CAKES that just happen to be biscuit sized.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for the band spotlight and anyone interested in checking out the band’s debut release “Made Immortal” can find it on Spotify, YouTube etc. Our new album “Hate Machine” is released July 26th through Pure Steel Records. Thank you all!

 

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